Maryland football: What to watch in Terps home matchup vs. UCF Knights

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: Kasim Hill /

The Maryland football schedule delivers the Terps with a showdown against the UCF Knights as Maryland looks to stay undefeated.

After handling Towson convincingly, 63-17 on Sept. 9, Maryland football and the UCF Knights square off. The Terps beat the Knights in a close game last season, 30-24. Terps football is set to take on UCF on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET, which you can watch live on Fox Sports 1.

Maryland football is coming into this game with the UCF Knights at 2-0 after big wins against Texas and Towson. The Terps are coming off of a bye week now are looking to be 3-0 heading into Big Ten play. Maryland football is still ranked outside of the AP top 25 but received 84 votes ranked third behind West Virginia (114) and Colorado (93).

One noticeable thing to point out for Maryland football’s depth chart against the Knights is former DeMatha Stag Running Back, Anthony McFarland, is missing from the depth chart. Lorenzo Harrison III, his former Stag teammate, and Jake Funk are backing up Ty Johnson.

When and if Maryland Terps football fans will get to see Anthony McFarland on the field is still a mystery.

Due to the devastating damage from Hurricane Irma, UCF hasn’t played football since Aug. 31 when they blew out Florida International 61-17. Even though the Knights have only played one game, Maryland football will be tested as a defense seeing as the Knights put up 587 total yards of offense on the Panthers and 439 of those yards came through the air.

The secondary is going to need to be focused and ready to deal with the passing attack and the Terps front seven is going to need to get pressure on McKenzie Milton who has thrown for 360 yards, four touchdowns and an interception this season.

Offensively, the Terps need to keep running the ball. The running game has been their bread and butter to start the season and has set up other aspects of the offense.

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If the Terps can defend home field against UCF, they will be in good position heading into Big Ten play against Minnesota Sept. 30.